class Definition

  • 1a group of students who are taught together at school, college, or university
  • 2a course of instruction
  • 3a group of people or things with similar characteristics

Using class: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "class" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a class in the morning.

  • Example

    She teaches a class on Shakespeare.

  • Example

    The middle class is shrinking.

  • Example

    This car belongs to the luxury class.

class Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for class

Antonyms for class

Idioms Using class

  • so outstanding that one cannot be compared to others


    Her performance was in a class by herself.

  • conflict between different social classes


    The politician's rhetoric was accused of promoting class warfare.

  • the conflict of interests between the workers and the ruling class in a capitalist society


    Marxist theory posits that history is driven by the class struggle.

Phrases with class

  • first-class

    of the highest quality or rank


    He always travels first-class when he flies.

  • someone or something that is impressive, stylish, or of high quality


    The way she handled the situation was a real class act.

  • a student who tries to be funny and make others laugh in class


    He was the class clown in high school.

Origins of class

from Latin 'classis', meaning 'a division of the Roman people'


Summary: class in Brief

The term 'class' [klæs] refers to a group of students taught together, a course of instruction, or a group of people or things with similar characteristics. It can denote social status, as in 'The middle class is shrinking,' or quality, as in 'This car belongs to the luxury class.' Phrases like 'first-class' and 'class act' denote high quality, while idioms like 'class warfare' and 'class struggle' refer to social conflicts.

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